Agartala is going to be the third international internet gateway of India after Mumbai and Chennai, said Chief General Manager NE-I Circle D P Singh here today.
Talking to mediapersons on the occasion of celebration of Digital India Week Mr Singh said optical fiber cable from Agartala will get connected with 10 gigabit bandwidth of Bangladesh at Akhaura and through Dhaka it will be connected at submarine telecom cable in Cox's Bazar of South Bangladesh.
This connectivity will facilitate northeastern states to be connected with reliable global tele-network which will provide high speed and uninterrupted telecommunication within the next six months.
Initially BSNL will lease 10 Gbps bandwidth from Bangladeshs lone submarine cable operator, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) to get connected in global internet network.
Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad would launch the Indo-Bangladesh bandwidth connectivity programme in Agartala next week, he stated.
Last year Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alternative telecom routing through Akhaura (in Bangladesh) to Agartala for improving telecommunication facilities in the North-eastern region.
The Bangladesh government had agreed to Indias proposal for setting up the connectivity and Tripura would soon be the international gateway through Bangladesh for the rest of the Southeast Asian Countries.
India and Bangladesh had signed the telecom connectivity agreement on June 5 last with an aim to boost bilateral relations between the two countries and develop a strong telecom network in Southeast Asia.
He also stated that Ministry of Telecom has sanctioned Rs 5,336 crore to BSNL to connect the far-flung districts and villages of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya in mobile network and to improve quality of service in Tripura as well as on National Highways of the region.
"BSNL is going to set up 94 Wi-Fi hotspots in Tripura, 45 in Mizoram and 44 in Meghalaya soon besides, improvement of machineries and quality of service in northeastern states," he said adding that despite increase in earning to the tune of Rs 17 crore in last fiscal, BSNL NE-1 circle still makes a loss of Rs 87 crore.UNI BB KK SHS CS1835\\
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